Starcastle

Starcastle was an American symphonic-rock band that released four albums on Epic between 1976 and 1978.

Members: Steve Hagler (guitar, lead vocals, piano, 1969-80, 2007), Paul Tassler (bass, 1969-71), Mike Castlehorn (drums, 1969-70), Steve Tassler (drums, percussion, vocals, 1970-80, 1999-2007), Herb Schildt (keyboards, organ, piano, synthesizer, mellotron, 1970-78, 1999-2006), Gary Strater (bass, vocals, guitar, clavinet, 1971-2004), Matt Stewart (guitar, vocals, mandolin, sitar, 1973-81, 1999-2007), Terry Luttrell (lead vocals, 1973-78, 1999-2002), Ralph Goldhiem (lead vocals, keyboards, 1979-82), Mauro Magellan (drums, 1980), Scott McKenzie (drums, 1982-87), George Harp (lead vocals, 1982-87), Bruce Botts (guitar, 1982-86, 1999-2007), Mark McGee (guitar, 1986-87), Jimmy Wagner (keyboards, 1986), Al Lewis (lead vocals, 2002-07), Woody Lingle (bass, 2007), Oliver Wakeman (keyboards, 2007)


Starcastle evolved from the covers band St. James, formed in 1969 Champaign–Urbana by guitarist Steve Hagler and bassist Paul Tassler. After the death of drummer Mike Castlehorn in a 1970 road accident, Paul’s brother Steve Tassler joined the band. Around the same time, they expanded to a four-piece with keyboardist Herb Schildt. The following year, Paul cleared way for bassist Gary Strater.

The band filtered through a sequence of names (Pegasus, Mad John Fever) before settling on Starcastle. In 1973, they were joined by vocalist Terry Luttrell and second guitarist Matt Stewart. Luttrell was fresh off a four-year, one-album stint with fellow Champaign rockers REO Speedwagon. After several years spent gigging and developing material, Starcastle signed to Epic in 1974.


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